Paua ban extended

Coastal uplift has caused a loss of habitat for juvenile paua.

Emergency closure of Kaikoura's paua fishery pushed out by nine months to help quake-battered stocks.

Shareholders choose takeover

Shareholders ope for Chinese takeover of Blue Sky Meats in Southland.

A Chinese takeover of Southland processor Blue Sky Meats has been given shareholder approval.

Gun taken for farmer's safety

The November quake split land in half, like this farm in Kekerengu.

Police confiscate gun as fragile drought and quake-hit farmers hit breaking point.

Agria shareholders up in arms

New Zealand agricultural services company PGG Wrightson, majority controlled by Agria Corp, is involved in livestock ...

Chinese majority owner of PGG Wrightson in strife with shareholders.

War on rustlers to go high-tech

Stock theft is estimated to cost Kiwi farmers about $120 million a year.

A new animal tracking system could be a valuable weapon in war on stock theft.

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opinion

Lotto won't solve your farm woes

Be in to win, unless you are a loss making farmer.

if you farm is going downhill don't bother buying a Lotto ticket.

D-day for paua harvest ban decision

OPINION: MPI should go ahead and extend the paua harvest ban along the east coast, say commercial paua divers.

Environment hot spots on farms

Battling shearing's ageing workforce

Fieldays

Helping others, helping himself 

Bay of Plenty kiwifruit orchardist David Horwood has overcome depression by turning his innovation ideas into reality.

 Award-winning inventor overcame depression by turning his ideas into reality.

Weber mystery at Fieldays

Reporter Audrey Malone takes on the Chiefs' Brad Weber in an obstacle course challenge at Mystery Creek.

Fieldays Rural Bachelor of the Year winner  Paul Olsen from Manawatu.

Biggest and busiest

The National Fieldays has wrapped up one of its biggest and busiest events yet.

dairy

Cows that can take the heat

Dairy Solutionz will be looking to market their heat tolerant dairy genetics in tropical countries as well as New Zealand.

A Waikato company has launched a new dairy cattle breed capable of performing in tropical conditions.

Beetle numbers up despite weather

Black beetle populations are high despite the wet Waikato summer.

It may still be summer but some Taranaki cows are already preparing for winter.

Cows already adding winter coat

Months ahead of schedule, some herds are already sporting warmer winter coats.

advice

Feilding's town effluent goes on farms

Horizon's regional councillors in the environment committee, visit Feilding waste water plant. Hamish Waugh explains how ...

New irrigators to spread town effluent on farmland to meet resource consent.

Red tape hampers quake repairs

They're skilled fencers, ready to help. They just have to do another health and safety induction.

Helicopters with monsoon buckets fight the fire above Kennedys Reserve in Christchurch.

Extreme fire risk in rural Canty

Rural fire officers fighting Christchurch wildfires worry that another blaze will leave them short-handed.

aquaculture

Paua ban extended

Coastal uplift has caused a loss of habitat for juvenile paua.

Emergency closure of Kaikoura's paua fishery pushed out by nine months to help quake-battered stocks.

Road block beach ban riles

People told a Kaikoura quake road block means a beach ban too - but what are the rules?

Helicopters with monsoon buckets fight the fire above Kennedys Reserve in Christchurch.

Extreme fire risk in rural Canty

Rural fire officers fighting Christchurch wildfires worry that another blaze will leave them short-handed.

beef

Clock ticking for Hunter Downs

The current proposed scheme infrastructure takes water from the Waitaki River via the existing Morven Glenavy Irrigation ...

The call is out for capital to get the Hunter Downs irrigation scheme off the ground.

War on rustlers to go high-tech

A new animal tracking system could be a valuable weapon in war on stock theft.

Farm environmental plans allow farmers to tailor their farm's environmental activities to manage risks in relation to ...

Environment hot spots on farms

Identify environmental hot spots such as stock yards, offal holes and silage stacks, says Alan Campbell.

Sheep

Cows already adding winter coat

It may still be summer but some Taranaki cows are already preparing for winter.

Months ahead of schedule, some herds are already sporting warmer winter coats.

High country farmers 'pushed back to the hills'

The Marlborough region had lost 25,000ha of flat pastoral land in the past three decades due to land use changes as the traditional sheep farmer had been "pushed back to the hills".

Dog triallists at the Pelorus Sheep Dog Trial Club meeting, near Havelock

Dog trials tested by weather

"Dog trialing can be a great leveller."

cropping

Tobacco growing's last gasp

Motueka Valley's Laurie Jury with what could be his last tobacco crop.

A Motueka tobacco grower reckons he's being shut down by legislation changes.

Apples up to $6 a kilo

An apple a day may keep the doctor away - but they may also hurt your pocket.

The current proposed scheme infrastructure takes water from the Waitaki River via the existing Morven Glenavy Irrigation ...

Clock ticking for Hunter Downs

The call is out for capital to get the Hunter Downs irrigation scheme off the ground.

agribusiness

Cows that can take the heat

Dairy Solutionz will be looking to market their heat tolerant dairy genetics in tropical countries as well as New Zealand.

A Waikato company has launched a new dairy cattle breed capable of performing in tropical conditions.

Less milk please - expert

What, less milk? But this could give dairy companies more export options in the value added market.

AgResearch work has shown that raising the pH of the soil using lime reduces black beetle numbers.

Beetle numbers up despite weather

Black beetle populations are high despite the wet Waikato summer.

Discovery

Sharing the excitement of science

AgResearch scientist Louise Hennessy

A young scientist delights in passing on her passion for science to schoolchildren.

All aboard regulation train

Rob Mitchell talks to a straight-shooting scientist who realises that progress doesn't come without a certain amount of unhappiness.

Irina Boiarkina, of the University of Auckland, rock-climbing during a visit to Squamish, Canada.

Treasure in a mountain of data

Rob Mitchell talks to a scientist who loves solving mathematical problems.

rural women

High country farmers 'pushed back to the hills'

Around 170 people attended the field day at Simon and Lynda Harvey's property Glen Orkney, Awatere Valley.

The Marlborough region had lost 25,000ha of flat pastoral land in the past three decades due to land use changes as the traditional sheep farmer had been "pushed back to the hills".

Two women in young farmer final

Ellish Norrie and Megan Hands will be up against the men in the Tasman regional final of the Young Farmer of the Year.

A paddock full of scotch thistle at Kaihoka in Golden Bay.

Silent killers find new home

OPINION: No more blisters or chemicals, just a silent killer.

Video

PM slams Super boss's super funds

Bill English says heads could roll after NZ's highest-paid public servant received 36 per cent pay rise despite his objection.

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